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This Is Very Good News For Newcastle

Florian Lejeune had surgery to fix the ACL knee injury he picked up in training and we couldn’t believe it when we saw videos the next day of him walking.

That looked like the injury may not have been as bad as we all expected.

And news today in the Chronicle that the talented French center-back will make a return much quicker than expected.

He could return within four to six months of the injury and that has to be very good news for Florian and for Newcastle.

Florian Lejeune – in action last season

The report is that Lejeune was operated on by a top specialist in Italy – Professor Paolo Mariani – and Rafa could see the 27-year-old back into his squad fairly quickly.

The caution here is you cannot rush players back with this kind of injury and we saw that with Ryan Taylor, who picked up a second ACL while recovering from the initial one.

Rafa has used the professor before and the players always seem to recover quickly.

This is what Rafa said yesterday when asked for an update on Lejeune injury:

“Normally this injury, in the past, could be nine months.”

“It depends on what is going on, but it was between six and nine months.”

“Now, in our experience with this surgeon [Professor Mariani] in Italy, it takes less – normally between four and six months.”

“It depends what is going on and if we have any complications.”

“Last year we had Rolando, and he was fine in four months with the same surgeon.”

“Normally, between four and six months – if you don’t have any complications.”

If it’s only four months Florian could be back in training in late November – that would be the very best scenario.

Let’s hope there are no complications with the Frenchman’s recovery, but it looks like the 27-year-old could be fit to play in the second half of the season.

This is very good news.

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11 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Aug 18, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    It should be a good day of sport lined up. We get the early kick-off, then the 3pms to follow. Chelsea vs Arsenal at 5.30pm.

    Then Tyson Fury will be fighting at 9pm; followed by a bit of pushing and shoving between Fury & Deontay Wilder after the bout.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I think that’s the surgeon that Rolando Aarons was
    sent to.
    Rafa seems to use him for all leg injuries

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 18, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Ancient – pretty sure pushing and shoving will make up the majority of the action during the bout too.

    Not a big fan of heavyweight boxing, although when they actually do start swinging it’s quite awe-inspiring. Like watching two elephants moving logs.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Note to self
    “Finish reading the article before commenting – DOH”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    I never suggested it was you I just said I hope it wasn’t. I am advised that the culprit has now been unmasked.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I do hope Lejeune makes a good recovery as well as swift. He’s been unlucky with injuries, but we need his distribution from the back, it allows Shelvey to take the ball further up the pitch and pushes the whole team up.

    He’s definitely what you’d call our most cultured defender.

  • AncientC

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Betty, from earlier. I will do you a deal. If you can find anything, and I mean anything… at… all, even something that could be misconstrued as being racist that Corbyn ever uttered… I will take down my avatar and issue you an apology.

    Btw, if you cannot find anything racist the other way intended, no need to apologise, just keep being who you are. That is enough for me. I will take your silence on the matter that the issue is resolved and you have been proven ignorant once again.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Shameless plug time

    Cullercoats harbour day today. It’s match day, so I know most here will be watching the game but it’s a great family event, loads of activities, food, drink, music right on Cullercoats Bay.

    It’s to support the Cullercoats lifeboat, a fantastic institution often gainfully employed to pull the region’s kids off cliffs after they get cut off by the tide.

    If you want your children / grandchildren to be rescued in the future, come along


  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Corbyn claims to have fought racism all his life .
    However racism for Corbyn has usually consisted
    of the policies of western and western-supported governments.
    He’s blind to racism in regimes with which he’s more sympathetic.

  • Madmag

    Aug 18, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Ancientc
    Yesterday you said this in reply to someone else.

    carl, from earlier. Do you mean the same Muslim Brotherhood that is charitable group, was democratically elected into power in Egypt, supported by Obama, and then forced out in a coup. It is good you show an interest in these things, you will get there eventually. Better than turning Libya—which previously has the highest literacy rates in north Africa—into a open slave market and arming Saudis, isn’t it. Just leave it be. You wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if it came to a debate. And I am sure the blog wouldn’t welcome it. You have been rabbiting on about momentum for months.

    I would be happy to talk about it; you are setting my argument up for a win, but I don’t think the blog would appreciate it. Take the hint

    @Ancientc That was probably the biggest piece of pure B/S I’ll read today

    You need to research Muslim Brotherhood multi national agenda a bit better. They are anything but democratic

    Using Obama as a standard for democracy is laughable, do you know just how many Executive Notices (Non democratic means of getting your own way) he signed during his two terms 276! just a few behind Bill Clinton’s 364 ! (For context Trump has signed 82 up to now)

    For those who don’t know, Executive orders by a President are not defeatable in congress, the only way to stop them is by cutting funding

    As for your straw man of Libya, do you have any idea at all what life was like under the Gaddaffi regime.

    I have difficulty understanding how people can tolerate Corbybn’s Anti Semitism but there again I shouldn’t have any difficulty as historically since post World War 2 the left wing has always had an anti semitism aspect about it.

    You seem to be just a typical non thinking leftie and as for the hypocrisy of telling another not to talk about politics on the blog, well my flabber is gasted

    Don’t bother to reply as I’m not a regular here and I’ll probably miss it

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 18, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Played unbelievably badly today. Icing on the cake – Kennedy’s tame penalty saved to foil a throughly undeserved win. Tough games coming up. I’m not a doom and gloomier but we could go bottom in the next few weeks.


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